Cleveland State University's School of Social Work will join forces with over 450 participants from social service agencies, academic institutions and policy-making organizations to convene Cuyahoga County's first Conference on Social Welfare, "Human Services and Economic Development: Partners in Addressing Human Needs," on Friday, March 4 at CSU.
The goal of the conference is to stimulate policy analysis and formation by drawing upon the daily practice experience of several hundred social workers and human service workers.
The event is sponsored by CSU's School of Social Work, Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter.
Co-sponsors include the Murtis Taylor Human Services System; Alliance of Child and Family Service Providers; The Village Network; Ursuline College: Social Work Program; Policy Matters Ohio; Ohio School Social Work Association; Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, and the Benjamin Rose Institute.
"The conference will initiate reconsideration for social welfare policy changes in Cuyahoga County," said Murali Nair, Ph.D, director of CSU's School of Social Work. "Building upon the history of the profession of social work and the field of social welfare, this forum will examine the relationship between the roles of economic development and human services in addressing human needs."
Media are welcome to attend all plenary session events and workshops. Please register online at no cost.
Other contacts: Conference Co-Coordinators Cindy Webb, executive director, Ohio NASW (firstname.lastname@example.org), 614.461.4484; David Crampton, Case Western Reserve professor of social work, email@example.com), 216.368.6680; or Michael Dover, SSW, CSU professor of social work, (firstname.lastname@example.org), 216.687.3564.
9 a.m.: Congressman Louis Stokes will introduce the keynote speakers: Steven A. Minter (interim vice president, University Advancement and executive director, CSU Foundation, Inc.) and David Merriman (special assistant, Office of the Cuyahoga County Executive).
Morning workshops in two dozen fields of practice will identify policy issues arising from practice and community settings.
Following lunch, a distinguished panel will address the conference at 1 p.m., including Susan Deardowski Blasko (The Center for Community Solutions), Yvonne Conwell (Cuyahoga County Councilperson), William H. Denihan (The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County), Marcia Egbert (Gund Foundation) and Kelly Connor Petty (Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities).
Afternoon workshops will examine policy issues in more depth, including fiscal responsibility and entitlement reform, public revenue issues, child abuse, child welfare, privatization, advocacy strategies, community collaboration, home and community-based support, mental health issues, human trafficking, needs of community youth, health and human services transition issues, and poverty.
Facilitators will prioritize issues being identified at the conference, to set the stage for ongoing work on conference objectives, including analyzing, formulating and advocating new social policies.
The conference closes with an address by Paul Hill, Jr., CEO and president of East End Neighborhood House.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
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